From Doll Bed to Cat Bed

solstice98August 3, 2008

I've never visited this forum before tonight and first of all I have to say that you are quite a creative bunch! I've looked at lots of posts and they are all delightful!

I'm here because I posted my newest project on my regular forum (Florida Gardens) and one of our group encouraged me to show you all what I made.

On Friday I found an old doll bed at Goodwill. It was in pretty nasty shape, with ruffly white&pink fabric all over it and mildewy foam blocks filling up the whole inside of the bedframe. The base was enclosed in a plastic fabric - to hold in the foam, I guess. All in all, it was fairly gross but it had great potential. After work I ran back to see if it was still there and it was! How could other shoppers not have seen how wonderful this thing could be?!? LOL.

I stripped it down to the white frame and tossed all the rest in the trash. Cleaned it up and then started checking my fabric stash (I'm a quilter and a gardener). Found a mattress-looking stripe and a pretty 1940's floral that went with it pretty well. I even had some deep red cording that would set off the flowers in the print.

I decided it could be a two-level cat bed.

First I made a hammock-style base for the top sleeping area and used velcro on both front and back so I could take it off to launder it. Then, of course, I had to make a little quilt to go over the hammock. I used a very simple design and tied it off instead of actually quilting it. I thought the cats would like the little bits of cord and they probably wouldn't have appreciated the quilting anyway. I made long, round bolster pillows for each side and a little square pillow because... well, just 'because'. The center of the square pillow is a bit of the trim cord, sewn up to look like a flower. Cute, huh? I covered a paper towel center with fabric and tied it on to one of the back legs - this give me a place to put the cat-toys-on-a-stick and tall feather toys.

For the bottom, where a trundle would be on a real day bed, I covered a new piece of 5" thick foam with fabric and trimmed with more of the deep red cording. In the photos, this piece is not in place because I still need to cut out a couple small metal bars across the bottom of the bed frame. They aren't structural supports and were only there as a base for the foam filler so taking them out won't affect the stability of the bed at all.

I had to make a few matching catnip-filled toys too.

As you can see, Jack Bauer likes it. The other cats have tried it out and seem to like it but Jack was my 'test cat' during construction and I think he's decided it's his.

Not bad for a 2 day project, if I do say so myself! I had a blast making it and the cats (not just Jack) all seem to like it.


Hammock base under the quilt

A pillow for his head

The quilt

And the matching catnip toys

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Boy you sure are a good kitty mommy, spoiling Jack Bauer like that. Did he stay in bed for a whole "24" ~~ Couldn't resist, sorry! Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 12:38AM
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Love the cat bed!! The fabric is great too! You did a great job on all of it.

I like Jack Bauer's name. lol I always say I'm naming my next cat George Clooney.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 12:39PM
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Our other boy cat is McQueen. Blond, blue eyes. What else would we call him?!?!?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2008 at 12:50PM
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My son gave his MIL a kitten they found in a Wendy's parking lot. Since HE wouldn't like to be named Wendy they call him Mr Dave Thomas!!!!
I love your bed and the colors!!!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2008 at 5:29PM
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Marlene Kindred

What a transformation! Jack is one lucky cat! It's just lovely! Thanks for sharing it!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2008 at 9:07PM
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Oooohhh! Can I marry Jack? I just love his bed. You did a fantastic job on it. Great find at Goodwill.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 5:43PM
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Oh that's too adorable... Jack is such a ham... I bet he loves it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2008 at 7:17PM
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Oh my gosh, my kitties are soooo jealous of your Jack! Now I'm going to have to search the thrift stores for doll beds to remake for them. I have two boys and a girl. All well under two years old. I'll have to make three or Mollee our Mainecoone (as in very large) will lay on the boys if they don't let her have it. ;^)

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 10:02PM
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That's great! Your Jack looks a bit like my Zorro! If I ever see one of these I'll definitely try to make one. Thanks for posting.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2008 at 3:48PM
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How creative! Love it!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2008 at 10:21PM
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